Chinese Language Courses in Spring 2019

Chinese Language Courses in Spring 2019

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Register online and confirm your registration at TII by paying your course fees (payment by credit or debit cards only). All payments are accepted at our offices: Al Luqta Street, Qatar Foundation, Gate #2, LAS Building, First Floor.

Registration details:
Dates: 9 December 2018 till 9 January 2019
Days: Sunday till Thursday
Time:
From 9 December till 31 December from 10:00 am till 4:00 pm
From 1 till 9 January from 10:00 am till 6.00 pm

* Kindly note that the Language Center is closed during the National Day

 

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Why should you learn Chinese? Chinese is the language spoken by the largest population in the world, both in the past and today. Chinese is one of the oldest languages still in use, and its basic components have changed little in the past 3,500 years. It is an intriguing language full of stories from the time of its creation as well as a language keeping abreast with the times. Mastering Chinese will give you an in-depth understanding of China, the second largest economy in the world and, most likely, the largest in a decade. And the Chinese language is key to appreciating its tradition and culture, which are completely different from yours. Understanding Chinese characters, a script system functioning as the building blocks of Chinese writing, opens a window into the Chinese culture. We are also well aware that our adult students are interested in developing communication skills. In our courses, you learn how to communicate in Mandarin as well as how to recognize and write characters. You start from learning pinyin, the system of Romanization which helps you pronounce words and find their meaning in a dictionary, either online or in print.

For more information regarding the content of the Chinese program or to request a placement test, please get in touch with the Chinese program coordinator at jzhao@hbku.edu.qa or 44547421.

 

Regular Courses

Course details:
Course duration: 13 January – 3 April 2019 (12 Weeks), 40 hours
Tuition fee: QAR 2400

Elementary Chinese 1

Have you ever wondered how the Chinese build their sentences and what is behind their characters? Would you like to learn Chinese pronunciation and tones? Would you like to know how Chinese characters are constituted? It’s easy! Come join this course today! There are two pillars of this 20-hour beginner course: Pinyin and the basic radicals. The course starts with learning pinyin, the Chinese system of Romanization. Mastering pinyin will let students be able to record Chinese words, phrases and sentences in pinyin, and later turn them into Chinese characters in a computer word-processor. Around 20 basic radicals, which are the building blocks of the most frequently used Chinese characters, are to be practiced to build the foundation for learning Chinese. Learning these two parts is an essential step toward moving forward with our communication-oriented Chinese program. Greetings, self-introductions and making appointments are also to be practiced in this course. 

Having finished this level, you will:

  • Be able to write down any Chinese words you hear in Pinyin Romanization
  • Be able to look up new words in a Chinese dictionary
  • Be able to recognize more than 60 Chinese vocabulary items besides the basic radicals and numerals
  • Be able to greet people and introduce yourself and your family
  • Be ready to enter the next level, Elementary Chinese 2, of the program

Pre-requisite: No prior knowledge of Chinese for this course is required.

Section 1: Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:00 – 6:40 pm

Course Materials: Integrated Chinese (Textbook Simplified Characters: Level 1, Part 1), Third Edition, by Yuehua Liu and others, Cheng & Tsui, 2008. Integrated Chinese (Character Workbook Simplified and Traditional Characters: Level 1, Part 1), Third Edition, by Yuehua Liu and others, Cheng & Tsui, 2008. Supplementary materials.
Textbook fee: QAR 330

Elementary Chinese 2

Now that you have taken Elementary Chinese 1, you are able to communicate with Chinese people using simple greetings and responses in Chinese. You are curious to learn more. This course is exactly to meet your curiosity. In this course, while continuing to refine your pronunciation with tones, you expand your vocabulary, acquire basic sentence structures and patterns, and learn new expressions and grammatical points through repetition of the key words in the texts and applying them to communicative situations. Talking about dates and time, describing your daily schedule, hobbies and activities are also to be practiced in both class and homework.

By the end of the course, the student is expected to reach the following goals:

  • Have enhanced your standard pronunciation
  • Have increased your basic vocabulary and know the usage of about 250 new characters and words
  • Have a basic knowledge of Chinese grammar
  • Understand the basic sentence patterns and word-building rules
  • Be able to talk with more ease about your daily schedule, hobbies, daily events, and make appointments
  • Be ready to take Elementary Chinese 3

Pre-requisite: Elementary 1 or equivalent.

Section 1: Sundays & Tuesdays, 5:00 – 6:40 pm

Course Materials: Integrated Chinese (Textbook Simplified Characters: Level 1, Part 1), Third Edition, by Yuehua Liu and others, Cheng & Tsui, 2008. Integrated Chinese (Character Workbook Simplified and Traditional Characters: Level 1, Part 1), Third Edition, by Yuehua Liu and others, Cheng & Tsui, 2008. Supplementary materials.
Textbook fee: QAR 330.

Intermediate Chinese 1

Once you finished the elementary and pre-intermediate courses of Mandarin Chinese, you are ready to get into the intermediate level of proficiency. This is the course where you achieve moderate fluency in Mandarin while further expanding language resources. Chinese culture and customs are an integral part of the learning process. Discussions focus on topics such as weather, food, travel, asking for directions, etc. You gain a better understanding of vocabulary generation and evolution of Mandarin. Reliance on Pinyin in reading Chinese texts is brought to a minimum.  

By the end of the course, the student is expected to reach the following goals:

  • Have acquired approximately 160 new words and phrases for real-life communication
  • Be able to read Chinese texts with minimal or no reliance on Pinyin Romanization
  • Be familiar with more grammatical structures and patterns
  • Know more about the generation, development and evolution of key Chinese vocabulary items
  • Be able to talk with moderate fluency on topics such as weather, dining and social gatherings

Pre-requisite: Pre-Intermediate or equivalent.

Section 1: Sundays & Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:40 pm * Cancelled 

Course Materials: Integrated Chinese (Textbook Simplified Characters: Level 1, Part 2), Third Edition, by Yuehua Liu and others, Cheng & Tsui, 2008. Integrated Chinese (Character Workbook Simplified and Traditional Characters: Level 1, Part 2), Third Edition, by Yuehua Liu and others, Cheng & Tsui, 2008. Supplementary handouts.
Textbook fee: QAR 790

 

Short Courses

Course details:
Course duration:19 January – 2 April 2019 (11 Weeks), 16.5 hours
Tuition fee: QAR 990

Chinese for HSK Test (Intermediate)

HSK is the abbreviation of the Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì, or Chinese Proficiency Test in English translation. HSK is the national standardized test of Chinese language proficiency for non-native speakers and learners. This course is designed for those who want to improve their Chinese listening and speaking skills in general and to take HSK different levels of test in particular. In this course, students will listen to HSK testing audio materials to practice and enhance their listening capability, while working on exercises to increase their comprehension of reading and writing testing materials. By the end of this course, students will feel more at ease listening and writing in Chinese. Helping our students achieve a better score on HSK Level 4 is the concrete goal for this course.

By the end of the course, the student is expected to reach the following goals:

  • Have acquired approximately 300 new words and phrases on the HSK Level 4 vocabulary list
  • Be able to comprehend standard test listening materials more at ease
  • Be able to speak in Chinese fluently
  • Be ready to challenge the HSK Level 4 test
  • Be ready to continue with an HSK Level 5 preparation course

Pre-requisite: Intermediate level, knowing around 600 Chinese characters.

Section 1: Saturdays, 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Chinese Teacher Training (Translation)

This course is designed for those who are interested in using translation method to teach Mandarin Chinese in general, its grammar in particular. It is an interactive course focusing on conducting substantial practice to Chinese-English translation and identifying representative sentence patterns for comparative pedagogical analysis. This course is aimed at helping those who intend to teach kids and adult beginner learners to understand the essential qualities of Chinese grammar through using English as a cognitive and pedagogical framework. In order to gain a comprehensive exposure to the fundamental techniques and skills necessary for explaining and teaching Chinese grammar, participants are strongly encouraged to do exercise both in class and their extracurricular time.

By the end of the course, the student is expected to reach the following goals:

  • Understanding features of the Chinese and English languages
  • Mastering  methods of practice
  • Learning the basic rules: Chinese-English translation
  • Conducting progressive practice: words, sentences and paragraphs
  • Correcting common mistakes

Pre-requisite: Native or advanced level of Mandarin Chinese.

Section 1: Saturdays, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm * Cancelled 

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